I feel the Lord called me to write the kind of books I do. I hope my stories are uplifting and that they touch reader's hearts and in someway draw the reader closer to the Lord.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day my daughter was born was the happiest day in my life after I became a Christian.
How has being published changed your life?
I'm not sure it's changed that much, other than it gives me great joy to write and to hear how something I've written has touched a reader's life. I sometimes have to work daily life around my writing or maybe I should say work my writing around my daily life.
What are you reading right now?
I'm so behind in my reading! I've been reading the Love Inspired Historical Irish Brides series about three sisters who come to America. I'm enjoying their journey!
I read that series. It was very good. What is your current work in progress?
Right now I'm waiting on edits for the second story in what I call my Heaton House series, tentatively called, To Trust Her Heart. And I'm working on the third book in the series that takes place in late 1890's
What would be your dream vacation?
I'm the only one in my family who has been to
Hawaii and I'd love to
have a family vacation there.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Up until this series, I always chose places I'd lived, that I was familiar with. But after 9/11, seeing how New Yorkers reached out to help each other, I felt drawn to the city and its history. Then I started getting ideas and began researching and the Lord gave me the idea for a series. I love writing these stories set in New York City at a time when women began joining the workforce in large numbers. I like being able to set stories in so many places in the city, and telling stories about the poor, the rich, and the middle class and tying them all together with a boardinghouse.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I think it would be President George Bush. I think he dealt with so much in such an honorable way, and I have such respect for him and his wife. So If I could spend time with them as a couple that would be even better.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to cook, sew, and do crafts. I just don't have enough time to do it all.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Procrastination. I've found that if I start writing as soon as I get up, I get much more accomplished. And for me, if I get that word count in early, I don't feel guilty about doing other things in the day. Then if I can write more later in the day, if feels like icing on the cake.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Just write. Get that book finished. You can't edit and polish what you haven't written.
Somewhere to Call Home is about Violet Burton, a young woman who finds her home is owned by the bank after her mother passes away. When the banker tries to blackmail her into marrying him to get her home free and clear, she takes one of her mother's friends up on her offer to stay with her and find work in New York City to pay off the mortgage. Thinking all she really wants is to have her family home back, she isn't prepared to enjoy living in the city so much—or to find herself so attracted to her landlady's son, Michael Heaton. But Violet must learn that home is where her heart is.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Violet Burton sighed with disappointment as she left the mercantile. How could things have changed so much in such a short time? Only moments ago, on her way to the post office, there'd been a help wanted sign in the store's window and another one in the milliner's shop. Evidently, she wasn't the only one seeking employment in her small hometown, for both positions were filled by the time she got through picking up her mail.
She walked along the main street, her gaze searching the windows of the businesses on each side of the street. When she spotted a sign in the café across the way, a flicker of hope nudged her to gather up her skirts to clear them from the dirt road and hurry across. However, just before she reached the door, the sign was yanked right out of the window. Violet's hope sank once more but she entered the establishment anyway.
She walked over to the proprietor who was putting the sign
How can readers find you on the Internet?
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